Age restrictions on rides?

Friday, August 3, 2001 1:08 AM
Last year after an accident on the Space Invader at BPB in the UK when an 8 yr old boy was killed, the ride re-opened and now you have to be 18+ to go on it. I'm not sure if under 18's can ride with an adult.

Does anyone know of any other rides that impose age restrictions?

Also, what do you think about it? Could imposing age restrictions mean that some of the restraints may no longer be necessary on some rides?

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Friday, August 3, 2001 3:40 AM
I think age restrictions are a bit ridiculous.
I have never seen any.
Is it supposed to mean that the Space Invader can't be handled by younger bodies? Kind of like little league baseball prohibiting pitchers from throwing curve balls in order not to harm young arms?
As far as restraints not being necessary, that goes more to a person's body size, not age. After all, there are many old(er) and small people.
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Friday, August 3, 2001 4:35 AM
The boy on the Space Invader was reported to have undone his seat belt and stood up as part of a dare, and was subsequently ejected to his death.

This was not the rides fault, and I believe the I the philosophy of the age retriction is only a child or someone with a death wish would be stupid enough to stand up on a coaster, especially when it is enclosed.

Therefore, by applying age restrictions, the ride does not need modyfying.

I have noticed time and time again stupid kids standing up on several of the lap bar coasters at Blackpool, particularly the Roller Coaster which has no restraints at all. It only takes one accident to have and these classic rides will be ruined with hideous retraints that many coasters now have and don't need if people do not fool around.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 5:24 AM
Back in 1935 you had to be sixteen to ride many of Cedar Point's rides.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 8:23 AM
There is a wooden coaster at Big Chief's Karts and Coasters (name?) that you have to be 18 to ride in the very back seat because of the intense airtime.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 8:26 AM
There aint no age restrictions in the U.S.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 9:10 AM

StealthmF5m3 said:
"There aint no age restrictions in the U.S.


Technically height restrictions are a way of ensuring riders are of a certain age. It would be impossible for parks to check children's ID's (if they even have one) to see what their ages are. But with height, you assume that children who are tall enough to meet the requirements are also old enough (and mature enough) to ride properly and safely.

That's why many rides say "You must be ?? inches tall, unless accompanied by an adult." It is not that the kids are too small for the restraints on those rides, they are simply not mature enough to ride alone safely. Therefore the parents must be there to ensure everything goes okay.
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Friday, August 3, 2001 9:16 AM
There ARE age restrictions in the US. At Disney parks I've seen on certain rides that all persons under the age of 7 must ride with an adult.

At our local go kart track you have to be at least 16 to drive on a certain track.

Both of these are examples of age restrictions.
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Friday, August 3, 2001 9:45 AM

StealthmF5m3 said:
"There aint no age restrictions in the U.S.


Aint no is a double negative, so thereby you are saying that there ARE age restrictions.

Which there are restrictions based on age on certain rides and even in some cases rows (Cyclops at Big Chief).

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Friday, August 3, 2001 9:50 AM
On the Deja Vu's you have to be under 6'4 to ride.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 11:49 AM
They used to have one at Alton towers but that said you had to be UNDER a certain age to ride.
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